Here is a short list of fundraising resources and grant opportunities that apply to FIRST teams & coaches (for FIRST and other STEM activities!). Please be sure to read through all the details and requirements prior to applying -- not all teams will be eligible for all grants!
Don't forget to checkout the great resources provided by FIRST headquarters here: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/fundraising-toolkit.
If you know of other grant opportunities or if you are interested in setting up a grant/scholarship/internship opportunity for Alaska's FIRST participants and teams, please contact us at email@example.com or 907-523-2334.
FIRST in Alaska Raffle
Our teams have the opportunity to participate in a raffle coordinated by JEDC. Tickets are $10 each with $5 of every ticket sold going directly to the team that sold it. The remainder of the revenue, less all expenses will come to JEDC to support the robotics programs statewide.
- Two round trip Alaska Airlines tickets: Aldeana Stout, Haines.
- LEGO Package including Apollo Saturn V model and Women of NASA: Grant Johnson, Fairbanks.
FIRST LEGO League - General
Most of our grant funding does not become available until summer/fall and is reserved for first-year teams that would not be able to participate in FIRST LEGO League without financial support. Priority is given to Title I schools and/or teams that are reaching underrepresented/underserved populations. Most grants cover the $225 FLL registration fee.
Applying is easy and must be done PRIOR to registering your team! Just submit a brief explanation (< 200 words) of why your team needs financial support to firstname.lastname@example.org and put GRANT as the subject of the email.
Grants are awarded on a rolling basis as funds are available. Please apply as soon as possible.
FIRST Tech Challenge Team Grants
FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grants
FIRST Tech Challenge is again offering our rookie teams access to our FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grant! Generously supported by the DEKA Foundation, FIRST offers a $275 registration grant and $225 product grant to all eligible teams. The grant information is included on the FIRST Tech Challenge Grants webpage: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/grants. Teams can apply for the grant here:https://usfirst.submittable.com/submit/6d35d136-4d6f-4645-8fc5-5483cdb2a941/2019-2020-first-tech-challenge-rookie-team-grant.
We’re excited to announce a new FIRST Spring sweepstakes for U.S. teams! Now through June 21, 11:59 pm ET, any team who has completed their 2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge season registration will be entered to win a REV Competition Kit or TETRIX competition kit. These prizes would be extremely helpful for a new team to get started or added benefit to returning teams.
All details, official rules, and link to no-purchase entry form are on the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition Set Sweepstakeslinked here: https://info.firstinspires.org/competition-set-sweepstakes
AIAA Foundation Classroom Grants
AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program – Up to $250 for a STEM club/program/classroom activity. Easy one page application. Great for all kinds of activities – not just FIRST! (http://www.aiaa.org/secondary.aspx?id=4184)
Kids in Need Teacher Grants
Kids in Need Teacher Grants – Office Depot/Fred Meyer/JoAnn Fabric Fund (you get $25 of poster board & supplies just for applying!) – Please note that home school groups are not eligible for this grant. $100-$500. Seems like it would be a great grant to support the “project” part of an FLL season. (http://www.kinf.org/grants/)
Toshiba Education Grants
Separate grants for grades K-5 and grants for Grades 6-12 (requests >$5,000 due by August 1) - Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Fits FIRST coaches if you ask me! (http://www.toshiba.com/taf/index.jsp)
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants
Administered by the National Science Teachers Association, Toyota TAPESTRY is the largest K-12 science grant program of its kind in the United States. Each year, the program awards 50 large grants of up to $10,000 each and at least 20 mini-grants of up to $2,500 each—an annual total of $550,000. Over the past 16 years, Toyota TAPESTRY has awarded more than $7 million in grants to 826 teams of teachers. (http://tapestry.nsta.org/)
FIRST LEGO League Jr. - LEGO Foundation Season Pass Grant - CLOSED
Funding covers registration for the FLL Jr. Small Season Pass, plus additional LEGO elements and tablets to run the WeDo 2.0 software. The grant is targeted at sites which can reach at least 144 kids per season, with a focus on communities underserved and underrepresented in STEM. All students do not have to be in the same physical location (e.g. multiple schools within the same district). Grant recipients will need to agree to run the program and cover registration fees for two additional seasons. Questions can be sent to Collin Fultz, email@example.com.
Other sites to check out:
LEGO Education's suggested grants - http://www.legoeducation.us/eng/Grants/